"We offer rich, original content, providing our Japanese readers with the latest exciting news from Switzerland."

Akiko Uehara-Lanza
Head of the Japanese Department

FOREWORD TO THE
2016 ANNUAL REPORT

We are often asked how SWI swissinfo.ch (SWI) selects its topics. And given the almost endless torrent of information, it's a fair question. In the past media professionals thought they knew what readers wanted and needed, and they made their own decisions about what to report on. But those times are gone. Today empirical analysis, together with user surveys and comments, makes it possible to identify public preferences with a relatively high degree of precision.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH LARISSA M. BIELER

"Switzerland has strong global interrelationships: it shapes foreign countries, it exercises influence, it depends on foreign countries – journalistically we have to position ourselves more strongly"

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SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Regula Bührer Fecker

SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Lucy Küng

SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Oscar Knapp

Ombudswoman SWI
Sylvia Egli von Matt

SWI swissinfo.ch 360°

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"TWITTERVIEW" WITH BALZ RIGENDINGER

Chief Editor for Switzerland

"Our work is an important element in ensuring the transparency of our operational value transfers, and of our productivity. This allows us to continue targeting our services for maximum effect."

Peter Zschaler
Head of Finances and Controlling, Dep. Director

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WHAT DOES
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
ACTUALLY DO?

SOCIAL MEDIA AT
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
in 2017

no trivia here!

SWI SWISSINFO.CH

«Your connection to Switzerland»

TVSVIZZERA.IT,
SWISS WEB TV FOR THE ITALIAN AUDIENCE

"Our work is an important element in ensuring the transparency of our operational value transfers, and of our productivity. This allows us to continue targeting our services for maximum effect."

Peter Zschaler
Head of Finance and Controlling / Dep. Director

The Public Council of SWI swissinfo.ch looks back at 2017

We asked the members of the Public Council to answer the following two questions and to take a look back at 2017.

  • Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch particularly important in 2017?
  • What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you on www.swissinfo.ch?

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Tell the story!

Introducing the Multimedia team
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Zurich police force want body cams for all patrol officers
Zurich city police chiefs would like all of their officers on patrol to wear body cameras after a trial period was deemed a success. But not everyone welcomes this new tool for bobbies on the...
Switzerland still very much sees colour
Racism is part of everyday life in Switzerland: in 2017, more discriminations were registered than ever before. Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the...
Drug addiction: ‘I pretended I had it under control’
"True Talk" puts people in front of the camera who are fighting prejudice or discrimination. They answer questions that nobody would normally dare to ask directly. --- swissinfo.ch is the...
Wood is the future
Wooden skyscrapers: a Swiss trend that's not going anywhere. Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world. Keep up to date and watch the videos...
Online shopping scams hit western Switzerland
Fraudsters in western Switzerland are hijacking people's addresses to get their hands on goods they haven't paid for. (RTS, swissinfo.ch) --- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the...
One in five apprenticeships are broken off
In Switzerland, one out of every five apprentices breaks off their apprenticeship. Many young people struggle to choose the right profession. Most apprenticeships are given up in hairdressing,...
The Swiss village retreat at ‘the end of the world’
Two Belgians are buying old barns in a hamlet in canton Valais and turning its houses into a hotel and meeting rooms. The economically successful project is helping to preserve the hamlet's...
Should English be used when the Swiss Abroad meet?
The use of English at official meetings of Swiss expatriates is an issue regularly tabled for discussion. --- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation...
Why does health insurance in Switzerland keep on getting more and more expensive?
Why does health insurance in Switzerland keep on getting more and more expensive? Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world. Keep up to date...
Young Italians seek their fortunes in Switzerland
More than 100000 Italians under 30 years of age left Italy last year, and many of the well-educated among them end up in Switzerland. The cause of the exodus: high unemployment in Italy. (SRF/swis...

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SWI Highlights 2017

SWI swissinfo.ch Audience Council

In accordance with the SWI swissinfo.ch swisconstitution, the Public Council ensures close contact between the programme managers and the audience.

The Public Council advises the managers in all programme matters and monitors and supports programme work with observations, suggestions and ideas. It regularly evaluates the development, organization and success of the international mandate in terms of quality, relevance, variety and uniqueness.

Urs Ziswiler, President of the Public Council
Former ambassador (Canada, USA, Spain), member of the Board of Directors and member of various committees since 2013, Zurich

Diccon Bewes, Vice-president
author and bookseller, Berne

Chok Woo
Engineer and manager, Berne

Marina Karlin
Publishing director, editor and journalist, Zurich

Cinzia dal Zotto 
Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

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"Switzerland as it lives and functions. We explain our country for a foreign-based audience. The Swiss Department produces unbiased, in-depth, non-sensational items on key issues and events from Switzerland." 

Balz Rigendinger
Head of the Swiss Department

THE OSA AND
SWI SWISSINFO.CH

A summary by
Ariane Rustichelli,
Director of the OSA

Key figures

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201720162015
Operating result (CHF 1'000) 13 -216 0
Total expenditure (CHF 1'000) 18'807 18'817 17'732
Total return (CHF 1'000) 18'820 18'601 17'732
Financing SWI swissinfo.ch
Proportion SRG SSR (in %) 49.9 51.3 50.0
Proportion Confederation (in %) 49.9 48.5 49.5
Proportion SWI swissinfo.ch (in %) 0.2 0.2 0.5
Investments (CHF 1'000) 377 189 310
Proportion of turnover committed to investment (in %) 2.0 1.0 1.7
Depreciation (CHF 1'000) 370.0 478.0 505.0
Equity capital (CHF 1'000) 1'466 1'453 1'669
Provision (CHF 1'000) 630 1'345 581
Full-time positions 85 85 85
Salary increase (in %) 0.0 0.0 0.0

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